Control PC system requirements are the most demanding ever

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 3:54 PM
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UPDATE: It's all change for Control's system requirements. Once the most demanding game in existence on PC, developer Remedy has made some sweeping changes to the PC specs. Good, because there were barely any people that could run it last time.

Naturally, this quickly prompted suggestions that Remedy had downgraded Control's visuals in order to ensure parity with the console version. Thomas Puha, head of communications at Remedy has confirmed: "No, it's not downgraded." Lovely stuff.

Control Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • For Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA available space

Control Recommended System Requirements 

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • For Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA available space

As you can tell when comparing these specs to the original ones below, Remedy has brought these system requirements for Control right down to more reasonable levels. Enabling ray-tracing will obviously be a very demanding graphics option but those with lower-end systems do now have a much chance of running the game. The minimum spec GPUs have become the recommended graphics cards for Control, while the CPU requirements have also been lowered. 

There's no reason given for this huge change in specs, although we'd presume the official requirements were ahead of optimisation and also may have been targeting higher resolutions. It seems safe to assume these specs are targeted at PC players hoping to play Control at 1080p screen resolution.

Original Story: 16-Jul-2019 - Control PC system requirements are the most demanding ever

Ready your wallets and prepare your upgrades - the system requirements for Control are here. Remedy Entertainment's visually stunning third-person shooter promises to feature every graphical trick under the sun, including extensive ray-tracing support. Control looks as if it's going to push the envelope in terms of both graphical fidelity and PC gaming hardware demands.

Control Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
  • Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA available space

Control Recommended System Requirements 

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8600 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon Vega VII
  • Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA available space

We have a handy page here on GD which tracks the most demanding games on PC based on their system requirements. We collate all of the data and it automatically assigns a ranking based on the specs. And, Remedy's Control slots in at the number 1 spot comfortably. As it stands, Control is the most demanding game in existence on PC.

Control requires at least a Radeon VII 16GB or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to meet recommended requirements running on High graphics setting. This hardware should achieve 60FPS. For your PC to completely meet the recommended requirements you will also need 16 GB system memory. Another thing to consider is the DirectX capability of your GPU. Control needs a GPU capable of running DirectX 12.

if you want to enjoy the real-time ray-traced lighting effects found in Control then you'll also need a GeForce RTX 20 series graphics card. The minimum-spec ray-tracing GPU is the GeForce RTX 2060, while the RTX 2080 is good to go for recommended. In terms of the Super cards, the RTX 2060 Super sits in between the min and recommended specs, the RTX 2070 Super meets the recommended, and the RTX 2080 Super will exceed the recommended requirements for Control.

Even the minimum specs are eye-catching though. To the best of my knowledge, we've never really seen a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 become the minimum required graphics cards. According to Nvidia's own data, this means around 80-90% of PC gamers won't reach the minimum GPU requirements for Control.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Control System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Control GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Control Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

Which specs do you meet?

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07:36 Jul-17-2019

this is impressive, somehow my 7 years old cpu can still handle the "most" demanding game on 2019 just by upgrading gpu, shows you how our cpu these day doesnt improve that far. kinda proud of my old boy here

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12:55 Jul-17-2019

I seriously doubt you would be able to run the game...it appears to be very poorly optimized and your rig is already 7 years old.Changing the gpu won't really help you here.

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12:57 Jul-17-2019

But I think there is still some time before the game releases (at least 1 more year for steam) so there is time to save up money for a decent rig.

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04:36 Jul-18-2019

you would be surprised how far im willing to sacrifice (graphic wise) to just be able to play game that i really wanted. when i was away from home for uni i have to made it go with my i5 5200u and 940m (not even mx) to finish nier automata, its seems imposible to you but once you getting on the config file

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04:38 Jul-18-2019

and lower the resolution as far as human eyes can see, im able to finish nier automata, a game thats a pretty demanding on 2017 standard with mere 300x400 resolution settings and get 60 fps with that ****ty laptop :) so i think i can make this game to run on my rig (with stupidly awful graphics)

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10:37 Jul-18-2019

I certainly hope you will be able to run it ,because it looks as a very fun and interesting game...too bad the devs. don't really think about P.C. gamers but maybe those requirements are misinformation .

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23:12 Jul-17-2019

I know right? my i53570k is still doing Ok casugins only minior bottlenecks in recent games.

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00:32 Jul-18-2019

You'd sing a different song if you were to play on a high refresh rate screen :)

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04:39 Jul-18-2019

the good thing is you wouldnt miss what u never have ;)

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13:44 Jul-18-2019

True, but the experience is FAR superior. If you play shooters - it's probably the best upgrade you can get to improve the gaming experience (and net extra kills - harware DOES matter, regardless of how people shun what Nvidia say - me and my friends have seen it ourselves).

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19:55 Jul-18-2019

No luck,All skill that's how you get them kills

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17:34 Jul-21-2019

Xquatrox is right.
He talked me into getting a 144hz monitor to play Counter Strike & I thank him for it. There's a night & day difference. It's not only makes for smoother gameplay, it can be the difference between fragging & being fragged.

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07:08 Jul-17-2019

thats not that bad, plenty of games asked for last gen highend gpu and a modern mainstream cpu, from what the title implies, i assumed it was going to be a threadripper cpu and the latest nvidia titan with like 32gb ram 500gb installed size.........so this was a relief. (and those probably 4k specs)

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19:32 Jul-17-2019

nah its 720/1080p and 30/60fps

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22:42 Jul-16-2019

Damn... This is crazy.
I'd say i meet minimum req but my cpu in this one is 6500 and 7500 is listed as min for intel.

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22:02 Jul-16-2019

I guess my CPU finally met it's demise, new games are getting more and more CPU intensive. Might upgrade to i7 4790, since MB+CPU+RAM are quite expensive.

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22:03 Jul-16-2019

Which is sad, since i really like new Ryzen processors, and according to leaks, new intel I3's will dust off these Haswell i7's when they come out.

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21:40 Jul-16-2019

i am between min and recommended but gd says that i meet the recommended ones

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22:32 Jul-16-2019

I never thought I would have to upgrade my CPU AND GPU this early. I built this rig in 2017 and figured I'd meet recommended requirements for at least 3-4 years. This was one of the few games I was anxious to try.

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22:38 Jul-16-2019

yea 3-4 years was mine goal as well

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16:32 Jul-18-2019

Just overclock your PC for this game. Don’t upgrade just to appease the lazy programmers at Remedy.

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19:25 Jul-16-2019

Wow man, you sure these are the official system requirements for the game ?

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17:33 Jul-16-2019

We've got another Quantum Break on our hands, folks. Another poorly optimized Remedy Entertainment game incoming. Why would the recommended specs require an 11 G GPU when it's also appearing on the now ancient consoles? It's just going to hurt PC sales by making a game that few can run adequately.


I'm still interested in the game but I will wait for reviews from the PC websites first. I'm not buying it for the PS4. I want to play it on my PC.

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18:50 Jul-16-2019

I believe that it will run as good as Metro Exodus and if You meet minimum You will be able achieve 60fps 1080p for most time

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20:39 Jul-16-2019

I did play Metro: Exodus on Ultra on my laptop and it ran smoothly. This was from Microsoft's site, not Epic Games so I don't know if there's any difference. Perhaps Control (and Quantum Break) will eventually appear on Microsoft's Game Pass.

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21:44 Jul-16-2019

idk never had any problem with Quantum Break it was always on 50-60fps on max thats looks good to me compared to metro exodus its new game but still its pushes me down to 30fps

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09:09 Jul-17-2019

It'll just be because ultra on PC will look far better than it looks on the consoles

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17:30 Jul-16-2019

Looked at their gameplay trailer, doesn't seem that impressive at all, by a long shot. Actually looks very average in terms of scope of gameplay combined with visuals. Probably Remedy preferred to take the Epic exclusivity money and throw the PC port under the bus. You can not tell me that the consoles will play this game perfectly fine while a 1060 6 GB and 7th gen i5 will struggle. Glad Epic Store made it easier to skip this

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07:11 Jul-17-2019

right, those probably 4k specs at 60fps, the graphics doesn't match, or broken game

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15:22 Jul-16-2019

What is this for 144FPS or 4K? there's no way those are 1080p 60FPS requirements what is this going to run on consoles at 2 FPS ? Than again i remember quantum break hammering performance when it came out but a big gap between min and recom

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14:56 Jul-16-2019

I'll be playing it on Max settings, and when my PC goes on fire and burns down my house, I'll claim on the Insurance and build an awesome rig, just to play Cyberpunk 2077;-)

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15:30 Jul-16-2019

It's too bad modern hardware has all that protection built in back in the day you could have burned it all down :) but if you got a really cheap ass PSU atleast it can blow up and maybe spark something up not that im suggesting anything o.O

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07:13 Jul-17-2019

well he can always put a piece of paper or lent between his heatsink and cpu

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14:51 Jul-16-2019

Yet I'm going to play it :p

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14:56 Jul-16-2019

144p 15 FPS FTW

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15:44 Jul-16-2019

haha Quantum break ran fine at 900p 40-50fps with mostly low settings. Same engine so i doubt this will be much different.

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14:36 Jul-16-2019

Obviously increased to sell GPUs. People shouldn't worry about running it.

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14:41 Jul-16-2019

By the way there is 4GB version of RX580 (I have one) so 4GB is official VRAM requirement otherwise their page would be lying...

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14:06 Jul-16-2019

1080ti 6gb???

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14:25 Jul-16-2019

Yes 6GB + 5GB runs away

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14:00 Jul-16-2019

If a PS4 can run this, then it’s bs
Or they’re covering their asses because it’s poorly optimised

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13:50 Jul-16-2019

That's a lot

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13:42 Jul-16-2019

Dev: So how should we optimize this game?
Remedy: Yes

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14:05 Jul-16-2019

More like
Remedy: No

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13:04 Jul-16-2019

looks bs, since it is also coming for consoles which are much weaker than the min. reqs.

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13:00 Jul-16-2019

Surely this is just to be safe right?? Seriously doubt i won't be able to run it on high settigns 1080p with 60 fps..

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13:00 Jul-16-2019

Too high to be believed imo. At least in the minimum aspect.

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